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Current members



Research interests

Principal investigators


Michelle Arkin, PhD
Faculty Co-director, Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC)
[email protected]

chemical biology, protein-protein interactions, screening, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, neglected diseases


Adam Renslo, PhD
Faculty Co-director, Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC)
[email protected]

drug targeting technologies, iron in biology and disease, novel small molecule pharmacology, fragment-based lead discovery


Ninwe Maraha, PhD
Laboratory Manager
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Kazuko Olson
Administrative Officer
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Senior scientists


Kenny Ang, PhD
Specialist, Biological Screening
[email protected]

high-throughput screening, drug discovery

Cliff Bryant

Clifford Bryant, MS
Specialist, Medicinal Chemistry
[email protected]

synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, customer service


Steven Chen
Specialist, High-Throughput Screening
[email protected]

high-content screening, assay development, automation engineering


Julia Davies
Bioinformatics Programmer
[email protected]

informatics, web programming, database, bioassay ontology


Priya Jaishankar, MS
Specialist, Medicinal Chemistry
[email protected]

lead discovery and optimization for bacterial and viral disease

Greg Lee, PhD
Specialist, Biophysics
[email protected]

structural biology, protein NMR, protein biophysics, protein dynamics, protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions

Sarine Markossian, PhD
Specialist, Cell Biology and Cell-Based Assay Development
[email protected]

cell biology, cell-based assay development, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, high-throughput screening, early stage drug discovery

Jeff Neitz, PhD
Associate Director, Hit-to-lead Chemistry
[email protected]

synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, neurodegenerative disease, cancer


Chris Wilson, PhD
Associate Director, Screening
[email protected]


Postdoctoral scholars

Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemical Biology & Bioinorganic Chemistry
[email protected]

chemical biology, bioinorganic chemistry, protein-protein interactions, drug discovery

Shubhankar Dutta, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
[email protected]

synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry


Daniel Medina-Cleghorn, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemical Biology & Toxicology
[email protected]

chemical biology, stem cells, proteomics, small molecule drug discovery

Takeshi Shida, PhD
Visiting Scientist
[email protected]

chemical biology, fragment-based drug discovery

Mengqi Zhong, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
[email protected]

protein engineering, protein-protein interactions, drug discovery

Graduate students

Yuliya Birman
iPQB Graduate Student, Biophysics
[email protected]

biophysics, protein-protein interactions, protein structure and dynamics

Marcus Chin, MPhil
PSPG Graduate Student
[email protected]

high-throughput drug screening, Alzheimer’s disease, tau pathology


Kyle DeFrees
CCB Graduate Student
[email protected]

lead discovery for bacterial disease and mechanistic investigation of β-lactamase inhibition


Ken Hallenbeck
PSPG Graduate Student, Biophysics
[email protected]

biophysics, protein structure and dynamics


Ryan Muir
CCB Graduate Student
[email protected]

chemical biology

Former members



Now at

May H. Abdelaziz, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

Brian Blank, PhD


ORIC Pharmaceuticals, South San Francisco

Stacie Bulfer, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Senior Scientist, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Lawrence, KS

Mark Burlingame, PhD


UCSF Mass Spectrometry Facility

Ingrid Chen, PhD


UCSF Program in Global Health Sciences

Jonathan Choy, PhD


Sr. Scientist, Merck, South San Francisco, CA

Yao Fan, PhD


Senior Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim

Shaun Fontaine, PhD


Scientist, ProLynx LLC, San Francisco

Allejandra Gallardo-Godoy, PhD


Senior Researcher, University of Queensland

Brian Hearn, PhD


Associate Director, ProLynx LLC, San Francisco

Frantz Jean-Francois, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Scientist II, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick, MD

Erica Lauterwasser, PhD


Scientist, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Sumit Mahajan, PhD


Director, Drug Development, Globavir Biosciences, Los Altos, CA

Connie Merron


Informatics Specialist, Recombinant Antibody Network, UCSF

Joseph Mulvaney


Senior Software Engineer, Schrödinger, New York, NY

Hiroki Shimizu PhD


Research Scientist, Daichi Sankyo, Japan

Ben Spangler, PhD


Postdoc, Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research (NIBR) Emeryville, CA

Poulami Talukder, PhD   Scientist, Tiba Biotech LLC, Cambridge, MA

Yinyan Tang, PhD


Scientist, Nektar Therapeutics, San Francisco, CA

David Turner, PhD


Research Scientist, Leidos, Frederick, MD

Kurt Van Horn, PhD



Punitha Vedantham, PhD


Organic / Medicinal Chemistry Specialist Vibrant Sciences, Burlingame, CA

Yassir Younis Adam, PhD